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As Borna Sosa wheeled away in celebration, capping an outstanding Man of the Match performance with his third assist of the afternoon during Stuttgart’s 5-1 victory over newly-promoted Greuther Furth, it was impossible not to be reminded of what Sven Mislintat said of the lethal left-back last season. 

Never have those comparisons with a certain Premier League legend felt so appropriate.

“Borna himself said that his role model was David Beckham. And I think he has the same quality (as the Manchester United great),” Stuttgart’s much-admired sporting director told SWR.

“Borna crosses the ball from every corner, sometimes chipped, sometimes sharp, sometimes flat, sometimes towards the back post, sometimes to the front post. 

“His left foot is an absolute weapon.” 

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Sosa, a left-back by trade, works his magic on the opposite flank to one of the game’s greatest right-sided midfielders.

Put their positional differences to one side, however, and there is very little to separate Sosa from Beckham in terms of raw, unfiltered crossing ability.

His trio of assists in Saturday’s Bundesliga opener were classic Sosa; beautifully weighted, beautifully flighted, curled into the penalty area with laser-like precision.

On this evidence, last season’s tally of 10 assists in 26 league matches will be comfortably surpassed. 

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It is easy to forget that many of the supporters who returned to an emotional Mercedes Benz Arena this weekend probably thought they had seen the last of Sosa.

The Croatian’s agent, Franjo Vranjkovic, told Sportske Novosti at the end of last season that Leeds United were leading a host of Premier League clubs in the race for the £18 million-rated Croatian.  

“The most important thing for him is to make a transfer to England because he has an offer from Leeds. Some other clubs from the Premier League are also interested,” Vranjkovic said.  

“Only the English can pay as much as Stuttgart is asking because I estimate it will be about €20 million (£18 million).”  

Leeds signed Junior Firpo from Barcelona instead, however, and the interest from elsewhere in England appears to have dried up. Much to the delight of those goal-hungry Stuttgart forwards. 

Sasa Kalajdzic and co certainly won’t be short of chances with the ‘Bundesliga Beckham’ picking up where last season left off.

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